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Gary Hartley is Energy Saving Trust's expert blogger. He has extensive experience researching and writing on a number of topics, with particular expertise in sustainable energy, policy, literature and sport. As well as providing regular blog content, Gary has also been published in numerous...

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What is district heating?

District heating offers the promise of a neat solution for the supply of low-carbon heat to homes, businesses and public buildings. It’s all about taking energy released as heat from a varied range of energy sources, and connecting to energy consumers through a system of highly insulated pipes...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 06/12/2018 - 00:59

06/12/2018

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Energy efficient Christmas gifts

New gadgetry, lights everywhere, roasting food for hours: Christmas is hardly a time associated with energy efficiency. While previous years’ data surprisingly showed that as a whole, Britain uses around one-fifth less energy than usual over the Christmas period, you shouldn’t let that statistic...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Tue, 04/12/2018 - 15:52

04/12/2018

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Energy and water efficiency at home

Take control of your heating at home

Do you know how to heat your home to a comfortable temperature and keep bills low? Heating controls are there to make sure you stay in control of your heating and what you pay. It’s very tempting to turn the dial to 27°C and hope for the best at this time of year, but this will also trigger a...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 30/11/2018 - 10:38

30/11/2018

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Dealing with damp at home

Damp properties cause misery for thousands of households across the UK. Figures from the English Housing Survey show 4% of the estimated 23 million households in England had rising damp or other damp problems in at least one room of their home [1] . The UK’s cold and wet climate contributes to the...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 26/11/2018 - 16:50

26/11/2018

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Winter-proof your home and your energy bill

When it's feeling wintery, it's more important than ever to take steps to prevent heat escaping through your windows and doors. This will allow your home to stay warm and at a comfortable temperature, as well as ensuring your energy bills stay under control during the colder months. You can prevent...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Tue, 20/11/2018 - 12:02

20/11/2018

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7 top tips to help heat your home this winter

• Four out of ten of us are avoiding switching on the heating during colder spells due to fears about energy bills • A third are reporting they can't make their home as warm as they'd like • Winter woollies are filling the comfort gaps where heating systems aren't delivering the goods Warming...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 19/11/2018 - 10:00

19/11/2018

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Financial support for home energy efficiency

We take a look at the financial help available to help improve energy efficiency in the home. Energy bills are a concern for many people. Our consumer research regularly highlights that large numbers of UK residents are worried about their energy costs, and would like to do something about it...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Tue, 25/09/2018 - 13:43

25/09/2018

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How to save energy when using your washing machine

• A number of factors affect energy consumption beyond frequency of use • Despite efficiency ratings, wash temperature and load size need to be considered • Better care could result in a longer lifespan for your washer Forty percent of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions come from households. It...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 24/08/2018 - 11:30

24/08/2018

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Air pollution: find out about air quality in your area

Air pollution has become one of the major issues of the day – and it’s no wonder. The impact of poor air quality cuts across health and environmental concerns, with a respected report suggesting that air pollution in the UK results in around 40,000 premature deaths a year from associated...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 27/07/2018 - 14:59

27/07/2018

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National Clean Air Day 2018

• National Clean Air Day took place on 21 June • Do your part to reduce air pollution and improve air quality • Change on the roads needed • Low-emissions choices bring benefits National Clean Air Day took place last week on 21 June – and Energy Saving Trust is in full support of this important...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Tue, 26/06/2018 - 08:56

26/06/2018

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